The ski resort in Kabardino-Balkaria is located on the territory of the Elbrus National Park. It combines two main ski areas – Mount Cheget with the valley of the same name and Elbrus with infrastructure in the Azau valley. Both parts have a cable car and several lifts to the slopes. The slopes are designed for professionals, amateurs and beginners of ski slopes. Many hotels work on the system “bed and breakfast”, which is quite satisfied with people who came to ride. The season runs from November to April.
Infrastructure and natural attractions
The infrastructure of both Polyans includes restaurants, shops, supermarkets, souvenir shops, banks, pharmacies, ski schools, rental offices, hotels of different price categories, including hostels. The resort area is developing, attracting new investors. Today, the Elbrus region is an alternative to Krasnaya Polyana and Dombay. Competitiveness contributes to the beautiful climate of the resort – 300 days a year the sun shines here.
In addition to the ski slopes in the National Park there are unique natural attractions:
- 23 glaciers (the total icing of Elbrus is 135 sq.km);
- mineral springs – Elbrus region is considered the All-Russian health resort and the largest balneological resort;
- Baksan gorge – in its upper reaches the village of Terskop was built. Through the gorge passes the highest asphalt road of Kabardino-Balkaria.
Excursion agencies also offer tours to the Narzan Valley, Chegem waterfalls, Blue Lakes, Emmanuel glade, from where the first expedition of the conquerors of Elbrus went.
Where to stay?
More than 50 hospitality facilities have been built on the territory of the resort. Among them are hotel complexes, hotels, balneological sanatoriums, guest houses, mountain chalets.
Hi Loft network builds designer hotels throughout Russia. One of them is located on Elbrus. The concept of the creators is that people can spend the night in comfortable conditions, not pay a lot of money for it, but spend it on travel and entertainment. The hostel has long gained popularity among experienced tourists and not very wealthy students. It is located in the village of Tegenkli. A ski bus stops near the entrance (the fare is charged). The nearest ski lift is 5 km away. Sports equipment and car rental services are available. Other facilities offered at the property include free parking, restaurant (breakfast included), swimming pool, shared lounge areas.
“Inexpensive roadside hotel. A great option to stay with the company for the night or come for the weekend. Nice design, reception is open around the clock. There is a barbecue area. In general, the hostel is responsible for the set price for the quality of the services provided» Imangalii, Russia
Mini-hotel with oriental flavor is located in the village of Terskol. Rooms are suites, apartments, double rooms. There is no area for cooking, but there is an inexpensive café in the building. Cheget Ski Lift is 1.3 km away. If desired, you can walk. To the cable car Elbrus will have to order a taxi. Ideally, if you come by your own car. Free parking is provided on the territory of the hotel.
“Good option for a family holiday. It is very quiet and cozy. It is easy to find it, as it is built near the road. Nearby there are many shops and cafes. The hotel’s restaurant is well prepared. A Sberbank ATM is installed in the vicinity. Friendly staff, helpful, knowledgeable. In the refrigerator there is always a small compliment in the form of water bottles” Regisha_21, Russia
The hotel is located in the mountains at an altitude of 2000 m surrounded by pine forest. The building was built in 2018. The interiors are decorated with furniture stylized antique. The rooms include standards, family, suites and “panoramas”. Up to 120 guests can be accommodated at the same time. The restaurant prepares delicious dishes that can satisfy every taste. A sauna and fitness room are also available. It offers a billiard room, a children’s playroom, a recreation area. In the morning, a Swedish breakfast is served. On public holidays, entertainment events are held. A shuttle service to the cable cars is scheduled. The ski lifts are located at a distance of 8-10 km.
“It is immediately noticeable that the building was built recently. Cleanliness, a feeling of fresh repair. The room is bright, comfortable, nothing superfluous. The restaurant prepares good meals at affordable prices. There is river trout on the menu. Breakfast can be served individually, if there are few people. On the street there are gazebos with barbecue facilities. Convenient parking» Maria, Russia
The hotel is a kilometer from the Cheget cable car and the ski lifts. Dormitory rooms and private apartments are available for accommodation. Inside the hostel there are their own rules. In particular, the time of silence. At 23.00 the building closes, guests are asked not to interfere with the neighbors to relax, on request earplugs are issued. On weekends and festive evenings, entertainment events are held. Facilities include an equipped shared kitchen and barbecue facilities. On the street there are tables with benches, barbecue rooms. In summer, there is a sun terrace. A coffee shop is open on site. There is also a bar. From morning to evening, the hostel has an atmosphere of mountain hangouts. Everyone drinks coffee, wishes each other a good day, in the lounge area there is a large screen with a weather forecast and avalanche sites. In the evening, guests gather in the bar, where you can order a hookah. During the day, guests disperse to engage in active leisure activities.
“Comfortable hostel for the night. From the neighbors in the room you can close the curtain. The beds are big, there is plenty of space. The contingent is amateur skiers and athletes. Prices do not bite, with the administrator you can agree on breakfast for an additional fee. In the evening in the yard they kindle fires, drink hot tea and chat until the morning” Igor, Russia
The hotel is located in the village of Terskol. One of the advantages of the location is the Cheget cable car within walking distance. The second feature is the complete autonomy of its provision of energy resources. There are no problems with water supply or electricity due to the fault of central networks. In the number of rooms – suites, junior suites, standards, studios. Guests are provided with meals (not included in the payment of accommodation) – breakfast and dinner in the restaurant. The hotel has a billiard room, ski storage, parking, transfer to the slopes of Azau (included in the fee). The administrator can book excursions to the E-Belarus Reserve, Aushiger hot springs, Ullu-Tau and Adyl-Sau mountains.
“The rest left the most positive emotions. Well-trained staff helped in all matters. The food seemed a bit expensive. One breakfast cost 400 rubles. per person. But the lift is only 100 meters away. Not far from the entrance, the health trail to Azau Falls begins. The round trip takes 1 hour. The hotel complies with the rules of the organization of drinking regime. On each floor there are coolers» Nadezhda, Russia
The hotel is located on Polyana Azau in the village of Terskol. Nearby there are two lifts – Azau (100m) and Elbrus Ski Lift 3 (200m), the Elbrus cable car passes 200 meters from the entrance. Nearby there is a market and a supermarket “Ogonek”. A continental breakfast is served in the hotel’s café. The rooms are the most ordinary, designed for the night. There are no additional services and entertainment. There are board games for children. There is no parking.
“Helpful staff, café with good cook, beautiful view and comfortable beds. Nearby there are two ski lifts to the slopes of Azau. You do not need to go anywhere, unless you decide to ride on the tracks of Cheget or Elbrus. Near the ticket office there is a rental of skis and boots” Tatiana, Russia
The two-storey guest house is located on the territory of the Elbrus National Park, a couple of kilometers from Polyan Cheget and Azau. To both valleys there are eco-trails laid specifically for hiking routes. Triple, standard and budget rooms,junior suites and suites are available for accommodation. It offers a Russian sauna on firewood, a ski storage, rental of sports equipment, transfer from / to the ski lifts (paid). The special offer from the administration includes a rate of accommodation with breakfast, free parking.
“Good place for those who dream of being alone with nature. The hotel is located in a protected natural area at the foot of Elbrus. Paths begin at the river. On them you can go to Cheget in one direction or to Azau, if you go to the other. The rooms are quiet and clean” Ekaterina, Russia
To visit the Winter Paradise invites the hotel of the same name in Terskol. In the fund – double and triple rooms. It offers parking, café, transfer for an additional fee. The Azau Cable Car is a few steps away. The MDK lift is located near the entrance. There is a rental of sports equipment. Beginners will be helped to choose equipment, will help with good advice. On the territory there is a mini-market, smokers are equipped, there is a ski storage.
“Nice host always ready to step in and help. In the evening he helped to light the grill. The room is comfortable, there is a refrigerator, nice beds. There is a place to relax after walking. To the ski lifts go 2 minutes» Natalia, Russia
The hotel complex with a European level of service is located 300 meters from the ski lifts and infrastructure of the Cheget Valley. Budget and standard roomsare available for accommodation. There are several suites. The restaurant serves breakfast and dinner. Lunch is available upon reservation. Internet access is made via modem. There is an autonomous water source on the territory. It offers billiards, tennis tables, a library, a children’s playground and a room. Movie nights are held regularly.
“Great location in a pine forest among the mountains. It is a 5-minute walk from Polyana Cheget. There are the main cafes, restaurants, shops. The hotel refused breakfast, I wanted to try the local cuisine in all points of catering” Valery, Russia
The authentic mountain chalet is decorated in an Alpine rustic style. There is a lot of wood and other ecological materials in the design. On the terrace and at the barbecue there is homemade furniture. Wide beds are decorated with fragrant coniferous (juniper) branches. For cooking, there is a kitchen with a full set of household appliances and utensils. At a distance of 700 meters is Polyana Azau. There are souvenir shops, supermarkets, cafes, a food market. The nearest ski lift is 900 meters from the hotel.
“Beautiful place in the forest, quiet, secluded. The cable car is not far away. The room is clean, the owners are loyal to the whims of vacationers” Marina, Russia
The most successful location can boast of “Seven”. The hotel is located in the Cheget Valley, and the service fully meets the needs of ski lovers. According to many vacationers – this is the best option that can offer hotels in the Elbrus region in the Cheget valley. For fans of the slopes on the Azau Glade, it is best to stay at the Rosa Azau Hotel. Two lifts and a developed infrastructure will complement a comfortable stay.